Programme Overview

Sustainability Transitions & Resilience: Design, Diplomacy and Data


Boost your sustainability and resilience skillset with a 10-days intensive experience while learning about city-wide as well as national and international dynamics of change, response mechanisms and policy frameworks based on ongoing projects and best practices in Switzerland and beyond.

Understand multiple interactions between various stakeholders (Municipalities and local governments, National governments, International Organisations) in developing new solutions within a 2021 Post-Pandemic Recovery Scenario.

Understand the role of infrastructures (Grey and Green Infrastructures ) and new strategies such as Nature-Based Solutions to meet sustainability goals while reinforcing societal and systemic resilience.

Learn cutting-edge solutions for designing, implementing and monitoring sustainability transitions at the Local / City, National and International Level

Improve or bootstrap your sustainability data management skills from collection to disclosure.

Enjoy focused knowledge packages provided by guest experts from UN and non UN International Organisation, State and City of Geneva

Network with International Organisations, professionals and experts.








Final Deadline: 1,600 CHF

Special price for UNIGE students: 500 CHF

Note for all applicants: no reference letter is required for this course. Please only add your CV and your Motivation Letter to your online application.

Dr. Matteo Tarantino
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva

Dr. Alexandre Hedjazi
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva

Some highlights of the Summer School:

Stephan Mergenthaler from the World Economic Forum will provide you with the unique perspective of one of the world’s most influential Public-Private Partnership international organisation and organiser of the Davos Summit the knowledge needed for acting meaningfully in the field of

Gulnara Roll from the UNECE and Hossein Fadaei from UN-EMG will teach you all there is to know about sustainable housing and its relationship with data. This is an even more urgent area of intervention in a post-COVID world.

Spiro Pollalis from Harvard University will bring you a lifetime of knowledge about sustainable infrastructures, developed as the director of the Zofnass Program on Sustainable Infrastructures at Harvard.


All times are in Geneva time (CET). All sessions will be provided via the Zoom software. Access to recordings of sessions will be provided to students for the duration of the Summer School.

The schedule is from the 2020 session of the Summer School. The 2021 Schedule will come soon.